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The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started more than 65 years ago as an exam for the UK wine trade is now a globally recognised title collectively held by a worldwide family of Masters of Wine. Today, there are 416 MWs based in 31 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means gaining entry into a unique wine community; one that brings enriching personal and professional opportunities, as well as lifelong friendships.

ABOUT US

The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. As well as running the MW study programme, our programme of worldwide events offers unparalleled opportunities to taste and learn. These tastings and seminars, including our international symposium, are open for anyone to attend – you don’t have to be a Master of Wine to join in.

FIND AN MW

The IMW’s directory of Masters of Wine allows you to search not just by name, but also by skills and specialisms. MWs are active all over the world and in all fields; MWs are winemakers, journalists, consultants, buyers, auctioneers, educators and much more. If you are looking for an MW in a particular country, expert comment on a specific style of wine, a speaker for your event, or experienced commercial advice, look no further.

THE MW EXAM

The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine. By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name. The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. You can find out about all stages of the exam, as well as downloading past papers, by clicking below.

Latest News

IWSC Foundation becomes an IMW supporter

IWSC Foundation becomes an IMW supporter

The Institute of Masters of Wine has the pleasure of announcing IWSC Foundation has joined its international supporter community. IWSC Foundation is a non-profit organisation and the charitable arm of the IWSC. Established in October 2018, the Foundation aims to...

Lallemand Oenology announces the winners of its 2021 bursary

Lallemand Oenology announces the winners of its 2021 bursary

In its annual bursary for students in the MW study programme, IMW supporter Lallemand Oenology has awarded the first prize to Emily Brighton and offered a second prize to Lenka Davis. Lallemand felt that adding a second prize would be beneficial in these difficult...

Ten new Masters of Wine

Ten new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 10 new MWs. Based in five countries, the new IMW members – including the first MW based in Italy – are James Doidge MW (UK), Gabriele Gorelli MW (Italy), Susan Lin MW (US), Moritz Nikolaus Lueke MW (Germany), Sophie...

MW study programme update

MW study programme update

After rigorous internal debate and extensive consideration of all options, the IMW has postponed the June stage one assessment and the stage two closed book exam. Ultimately, despite our exam committee, education committee and executive team's best efforts, we feel...

Rosemary George MW publishes new book The wines of Roussillon

Rosemary George MW publishes new book The wines of Roussillon

Rosemary George MW has just published her latest book, The wines of Roussillon. In the book, Rosemary takes readers on a journey through the hilly landscape, revealing the huge variety of soil types and microclimates the region offers and explaining how viticulture is...

Meg Brodtmann MW’s new podcast

Meg Brodtmann MW’s new podcast

Meg Brodtmann MW has teamed up with Mel Gilcrist to create a podcast as a fun and frank way to help beginners navigate the world of wine. The duo from Rob Dolan Wines created the series in response to growing demand from trade and consumers for an easy and informative...

Latest News

IWSC Foundation becomes an IMW supporter

IWSC Foundation becomes an IMW supporter

The Institute of Masters of Wine has the pleasure of announcing IWSC Foundation has joined its international supporter community. IWSC Foundation is a non-profit organisation and the charitable arm of the IWSC. Established in October 2018, the Foundation aims to...

Ten new Masters of Wine

Ten new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 10 new MWs. Based in five countries, the new IMW members – including the first MW based in Italy – are James Doidge MW (UK), Gabriele Gorelli MW (Italy), Susan Lin MW (US), Moritz Nikolaus Lueke MW (Germany), Sophie...

Lallemand Oenology announces the winners of its 2021 bursary

Lallemand Oenology announces the winners of its 2021 bursary

In its annual bursary for students in the MW study programme, IMW supporter Lallemand Oenology has awarded the first prize to Emily Brighton and offered a second prize to Lenka Davis. Lallemand felt that adding a second prize would be beneficial in these difficult...

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Rosemary George MW publishes new book The wines of Roussillon

Rosemary George MW publishes new book The wines of Roussillon

Rosemary George MW has just published her latest book, The wines of Roussillon. In the book, Rosemary takes readers on a journey through the hilly landscape, revealing the huge variety of soil types and microclimates the region offers and explaining how viticulture is...

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